Our Journey

Steps One, Two and Three introduce me to the solution of recovery: abstention from alcohol and drugs – and faith. Steps Four, Five and Six are about getting honest with myself, and my past behaviors. Steps Seven, Eight, and Nine help me to acknowledge my part in my life, and teach me to let go of old ways and strive to be and do better. Steps Ten, Eleven, and Twelve are ways of maintaining my recovery on a daily basis. Having worked these Steps I am now ready to share my spiritual awakening with others, and have come to a place of understanding about the daily necessity of prayer, meditation and service to others. While there is no “cure” for alcoholism, there is a way to peace and serenity through working the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous. One of the things I enjoy most about being in recovery is that I am no longer alone, I have found many, many others with whom I can share my experience, strength and hope. (((HUGS))) to all of you!

Photo courtesy of Maggs
Photo courtesy of Maggs

6 thoughts on “Our Journey

  1. My old friend who said, “My mama named me Sally and I’m an alcoholic” also said HUGS stands for Humility, Unity and Gratitude!

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12 stepper.

  2. Top of the morning family,
    Am I focused on my journey or others journey?
    When I compare myself to others; leads me to wonder why I’m not doing better in life. Has been suggested to me; perhaps those same others are wondering/pondering why my life is better than theirs.
    Self will always compare self to the standards of this world.
    When my heart desires His will, I begin to understand His timing.
    I can find peace when I remember that I don’t get to select/choose my journey. But I do get to choose what I do on my journey. Much like my emotions and feelings, they’re not necessarily good/bad, right/wrong. They’re exactly what they are. The bottom line up front is: what am I going to do with them?
    Today I’m learning that His specific journey for me very often defies my thinking/reasoning. Hence, trust I must.
    It’s a good day to walk/step together; hand in hand day.

  3. When I was in treatment, I had a roommate who got on his knees and prayed each morning and night. His counselor told him that’s the best way and “knees are the keys.” It made me feel uncomfortable. Later on, I figured I would give it a try and forced myself to get on my knees and just remind myself of staying sober (just today) and living by spiritual principles like patience, tolerance, gratitude, honesty, open-mindedness, and humility. I also would think of my failed attempts to control my drinking and recite a list of people I know who have relapsed and/or died from alcoholism. I’ve been doing this for 10+ years and it works. I should say that, at first, it took about 3 weeks before it started to feel normal and the prayer/meditation just brought peace and serenity.

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